Essay about Family Conflict Over The Last Year

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Our family conflict over the last year has been if we should get a dog or not. I am a dog person. I have always had dogs and I think of them as a part of the family. My husband is a cat person. He has never had a dog and knows nothing about dogs.

We have discussed this topic at length over the course of a year, but more significantly within the last two months. Eventually, my husband softened to having a conversation about his reservations behind getting a dog. He admitted that the thought that having a dog would stress out our cat and that he thought that dogs and cats did not get along. He also said that he was afraid of the damage that it would do to our home from chewing and scratching things. He mentioned that he thought that dogs were smelly and loud and did not want to listen to barking every time someone walked past or knocked on the door. His final arguments were regarding the lack of time that our family has for a dog.

I found all of his ideas regarding dogs were stereotypical and I kindly calmed some of his fears. I explained that I wanted a small dog that was good for condo living and easy to transport, as I would want to take the dog to work with me every day. I also explained that if a dog is trained that they will not bark, scratch or chew things in the home. I committed myself to personally making sure that the dog would be trained. I explained that my dog and cats got along very well when I was younger and were great companions for each other. I was honest…

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